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On another thread today, I saw where someone posed that question. I would like to know myself what people do with this question. Are some things essential to everyone in order to please God or to make it the end our course with Him? Then again, just exactly do we mean when we use that word, essential?
I was baptized an infant into the Roman Catholic Church in 1944. When old
enough, my mom put me into Catechism where, in time. I managed to
complete First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Our church attendance on
Sunday was fairly regular. We didn't always make it, but most of the time
The liturgy incorporated homilies based upon the apostle Peter's epistles;
which I sort of let go in one ear and out the other. It wasn't till years later
when I caught on that Peter spoke for Christ, and that non compliance with
Peter's instructions is all the same as non compliance with Christ's; it's a
domino effect all the way to the top.
● Luke 10:16 . .Whoever listens to you; listens to me. Whoever...
The Mark of the beast is such a vast topic. It is the number of a man. Natural man. there is also that born of the Spirit and the number of God which is perfect. The word tells us of natural man and how he cannot receive the things of God because the things of God are foolishness to him. The word also shows sin warring in our member...bringing us again into captivity. Even warns against this being brought back into captivity again and the last state of that man is worst than the first. It is within us as a whole but also as an individual. Matthew 26:52-54 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.  Thinkest thou that I...
Luther came on the scene during a particularly bad time in the history of the Catholic establishment...
He stood against the obvious excesses of the church in his time. But then he went further...much too far...in redefining biblical truth into more popular sounding beliefs that would render these accessible to the flesh. IOW...he threw out the baby with the bathwater.
It would be like claiming a policeman was corrupt...which he is...but then also throwing out the laws of the land as a result. We need to make a distinction between the law and that which breaks the law.
The Catholic institution was not ALL WRONG as Luther suggested. His ideas became known through mass media. And we have seen the effect of the printing press on...
Myself? I feel I'm a Mixture of Calvinism and Baptist, but disagree with some points of both.
....and it sure would help me to know what you call yourself so I will better know how to respond (with love of course) to your post
When discussing issues and doctrine probably the first thing needed is to arrive at a common definition of terms.
“Calvinism”, among other things, is a word that gets tossed around a lot.
Many Baptists consider “Calvinism” to refer to the “Five Points of Calvinism”.
Typically Reformed churches teach one cannot be a Baptist and a Calvinist.
The name “Calvinism” was coined by Lutherans to describe Calvin’s teachings regarding communion.
I do not see where this has been defined before, but I do see that a lack of definition has caused some issues.
I see it two ways.
I think Calvinism (historic Calvinism) is the teaching’ of the Reformed church (Presbyterian). It is based on Calvin’s work and Beza’s classification and exposition...
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
All joy and peace in believing.
Faith comes first, then feelings follow.
That's normal for us. Feeling are formed from our thoughts and values and choices.
We can see the same dark shape approach in a dark room, if we think it's an attacker, we may feel one way. When we realize, Oh, it's my wife, I feel a different way.
In either case what I feel is based on what I think is real.
We want to feel God's love. We want to feel His peace. We want to feel Him present. We want to feel safe.
If we believe He loves us, that's when we feel loved. We believe He cares for us, we feel safe. We...
Surviving Roman Catholic Heresies in Protestantism
I'll begin with the 'Cross'--
Jesus' cross never stood empty; Catholics' idolatrous image does.
Jesus never stumbled, but, went boldly! Do you believe Scripture?
Jesus did not carry the cross to Golgotha; He walked Triumphator!